Marquis Top Engineers

James Koontz

Title: President & Engineer
Company: Koontz Utility Group
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

James Koontz, President and Engineer at Koontz Utility Group, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in utilities.

The son of a Knoxville Utilities Board employee, Mr. Koontz is the second generation of his family to work in the utilities industry. He excelled as the president and engineer of Koontz Utility Group since 2015, the vice president of Utility Inspection Services Inc. since 2016 and the owner and president of All American Construction since 2021. Specializing in underground utilities, sewer system evaluation, construction and paving, he holds many responsibilities and duties spanning his three positions, such as writing proposals, making estimates, conducting assessments of utility systems and providing recommendations, project management and helping clients obtain grants and implementing the utility work.

Prior to his current positions, Mr. Koontz previously gained expertise in his field as a water systems team leader for the Knoxville Utilities Board from 2003 to 2016 and as a wastewater administrator for the city of Newport News, Virginia from 1999 to 2003. He had also been a water and wastewater system development coordinator for the city of Kingsport, Tennessee from 1997 to 1999, as well as a civil engineer for the city of Johnson and the city of Knoxville between 1992 and 1997. From these experiences, Mr. Koontz considers stepping out of his comfort zone and creating his own business, despite all the risks and uncertainties accompanying the venture, as the highlight of his career.

At the start of his professional journey, Mr. Koontz served the Air National Guard for six years, as well as the United States Air Force in 1989 and 1990. Five years later, he earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which allowed him to forge his occupational path. Grateful for the support and guidance of his supervisors, he believes in hard work more than being the smartest worked in the field. Looking toward the future, Mr. Koontz looks forward to continuing to build his latest venture, All American Construction, and eventually bringing his son into the family business to prepare him for an administrative role.

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